Cute Japanese Emoticon; Kaomoji

Do you know Kaomoji? Emoji are these → 😃😊😉 However, kaomoji are another kind of Japanese facial expressions using lots of symbols and letters. E (絵) = picture   Kao (顔) = face Moji (文字) = letter   Here is the list of kaomoji you can use by copy and pasting or typing them yourself. ʕ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ Happy (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵) (о´∀`о) (๑✧∀✧๑)☀ ( ^ω^ ) (^o^) (^◇^) ( ・∇・) (╹◡╹) … Continue reading Cute Japanese Emoticon; Kaomoji

Cherry Blossom Viewing Party: Hanami

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo are in full bloom now.   During this season, many people go to parks for a picnic or party outside as they drink and eat under the cherry blossoms.   This is called 花見; hanami in Japanese.   This custom started Nara era, which is in the 8th century and it was started by the Japanese nobility. The nobles may have first … Continue reading Cherry Blossom Viewing Party: Hanami

Why Is Today Holiday?

Today is spring equinox day in Japan. Every year this day is different depending on the northward equinox. This is the day the subsolar point leaves the Southern Hemisphere and crosses the celestial equator of the Earth.   Traditionally, we go to our ancestor’s grave on this day.     The idea why we go to the grave is because supposedly on this day this world and … Continue reading Why Is Today Holiday?

White day?

In Japan, February 14th it is Valentine’s day. It’s a day where girls give chocolates to guys. Mainly, from girlfriends to their boyfriends or girls gives chocolates to guys to approach them. But many girls give 義理チョコ; giri choco which give appreciation or gratitude to any guys at work or family. Also, many girls give chocolates even to their girl friends. Why Chocolate? This is … Continue reading White day?

Japanese Healthy Food

When it comes to health, generally, the Japanese diet is much healthier than the American one. American obesity is above 30%, whereas Japanese obesity is less than 5%. Indeed when I was in the States, there were so many times I was shocked about how American people ate so unhealthily. In Japan, there are lots of access to reasonably healthy food while America not so much. A … Continue reading Japanese Healthy Food

Japanese Traditional Wedding at Shrines

Western-style weddings used to be more popular in Japan, and it used to be very popular to have wedding ceremonies in Hawaii. Recently, Japanese style weddings that are called Shinzen-shiki, (神前式) are re-emerging in popularity here in Japan. Shinzen-shiki means to have a wedding in front of God. Originally in olden times, Japanese weddings used to be much simpler involving mostly just the 2 families, … Continue reading Japanese Traditional Wedding at Shrines

Hinamatsuri 雛祭り

Hina-ningyou 雛祭人形 It is HINAMATSURI today, on March 3rd! Hinamatsuri is a festival for girls to grow up healthy and well. Traditionally on Hinamatsuri day, if you have a girl in your family, you should decorate a room in your home with dolls and you all eat sushi and some sweets with your family. Chirashi-zushi ちらし寿司 Sakura-mochi 桜餅 This festival came from ancient China in … Continue reading Hinamatsuri 雛祭り